March 1, 2002
Walnut Creek, Calif. -
UCLA junior Natalie Nakase was selected to the All-Pac-10 honorable mention team for 2001-02.
Nakase, a 5-2 point guard from Huntington Beach, Calif. (Marina HS), has started all 27 games for the Bruins, averaging 8.0 points, 5.3 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game. She recorded back-to-back 20-point games in January, scoring 24 at Washington State and following that with a 21-point performance against USC. Against Arizona on Jan. 19, she recorded her first career double-double with 10 points and 11 assists.
Nakase ranks amongst the Pac-10 leaders in assists (third), assist/turnover ratio (fourth, 1.55), free throw percentage (ninth, .778) and steals (10th, 1.7 avg.). She has amassed 137 assists this season, eighth-most in school history.
This is Nakase's first conference honor.
The Conference honors, as selected by the Conference's 10 head coaches:
Player of the Year: Nicole Powell, Stanford
Freshman of the Year: Dee-Dee Wheeler, Arizona
Coach of the Year: Tara VanDerveer, Stanford
First Team: Ebony Hoffman, USC, F, Aisha Hollans, USC, G, Amanda Levens, ASU, G, Giuliana Mendiola, WASH, G, Loree Payne, WASH, G, Elizabeth Pickney, ARIZ, F, Nicole Powell, STAN, G, Felicia Ragland, OSU, G, Shaquala Williams, ORE, G, Lindsey Yamasaki, STAN, F/G.
Honorable Mention: Edneisha Curry, ORE, G, Bethany Donaphin, STAN, F/C, Leilani Estavan, OSU, G, Ami Forney, CAL, F/C, Brittney Hawks, WSU, C, Melody Johnson, ASU, C, Andrea Lalum, WASH, F/C, Natalie Nakase, UCLA, G, LaTasha O'Keith, CAL, G
All-Freshman First-Team: Kristen O'Neill, WASH, G, Kelley Suminski, STAN, G, T'Nae Thiel, STAN, F, Dee-Dee Wheeler, ARIZ, G, Rachel Woodward, USC, F.
All-Freshman Honorable Mention: Sebnem Kimyacioglu, STAN, G/F, Kylan Loney, ASU, G, Francine McCurtain, WSU, G, Juleen Smith, OSU, G.